Tomorrow marks a big day for Miami -- finally, the red headed stepchild of the culinary world comes into her own. Seed Food & Wine Festival is bringing a truckload of plant-based vendors, celebrities, experts and eats to Midtown Miami.
For once, the 305 is ahead of the game. Take that, Portland!
To prep you for this herbivorous extravaganza, we've put together a handy guide for tomorrow's festivities. Here's what to do, who to see and (most importantly) where to park.
The Midtown Miami Tents (2901 NE First Ave.) are the headquarters for tomorrow's action, and they'll be stuffed with craft beer and wine tastings, food samplings, goods for sale, an Exhale Relax Lounge, a Savor VIP lounge, a beer garden, and lots more from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
What to Do, See and Eat
There'll be two tents on site, each with a different lineup of celebrity appearances and chef demos -- including lots of local plant-based all-stars. Here's the schedule for planning purposes:
New Times Seminar Stage
- 11 a.m. to noon Seed Talks Panel with Ellen Kanner, Gabriele Marewski and Jeffrey Brana
- Noon to 12:30 p.m. Emily Nolan
- 12:30 to 1 p.m. Jennifer Grace
- 1 to 2 p.m. Alicia Silverstone
- 2 to 3 p.m. Maranda Pleasant
- 3 to 4 p.m. Brendan Brazier
- 4 to 5 p.m. Dr. Brian Clement
- 5 to 6 p.m. John Salley
- 6 to 6:30 p.m. Dr. Matthew Cooper
- 6:30 to 7 p.m. Laura Yribia
Whole Foods Chef Stage
- 11 a.m. to noon Loren Pulitzer
- Noon to 1 p.m. Alina Z.
- 1 to 2 p.m. Dr. Etti
- 2 to 3 p.m. Camille Lamb
- 3 to 4 p.m. Abby Nagorski
- 4 to 5 p.m. Mark Reinfeld
- 5 to 6 p.m. Leslie Bosson
- 6 to 6:30 p.m. Pamela Wasabi
- 6:30 to 7 p.m. Murphy Williams
As far as vendors and food tastings, there'll be 100+ on site. Look out for a mix of national brands and local faves including Beyond Meat, Field Roast Grain Meats, Choices Cafe, Green Bar & Kitchen, Atlas Meat Free Delicatessen, So Delicious, Bunnie Cakes, Deliver Lean, SunRAWise Vegan Cheese and lots of other plant-based brands and restaurants. (Check out the full vendor list here.)
Where to Park
For the eco-conscious, there'll be a free bike valet, plus a Car2Go drop zone, so you can leave your little ride and find one waiting when you're ready to head home.
For cars, there's street parking all throughout the Midtown area ($0.75 to $1.50 per hour), plus the Shops at Midtown garage ($2 an hour up to five hours, then $12 an hour after that).
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Also, there's plenty of street parking in Wynwood and the Design District, if you're willing to walk a bit. The festival is expecting several thousand people, and nobody wants to get caught in a Midtown parking jam nightmare.
If you don't have tickets yet, not to worry. They run $35 per person general admission, $65 VIP and you can buy them online.
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